Teresa E. Thornton, M.S., Ph.D.
GET WET! Co-Founder & President



GET WET! Groundwater Education Program Corporation
18246 Jupiter Landings Dr., Jupiter, FL 33458

Professional Website: http://teresathorntonphd.webs.com/

Number: (207) 266-3682

Email: teresa.thornton@getwetproject.org

About The Co-Founder

Dr. Teresa Thornton is a hydro-geochemist and social scientist who has been teaching science since 1994. She began her teaching career by creating curriculum for science museums and moved on to teach in both public and private secondary schools. After receiving her graduate degrees she taught pre-service teachers and forest resource undergraduates how to teach science in both classic and alternative settings. Her focus has been on kinesthetic, experiential, place-based learning that fosters the natural desire to understand the interconnectedness of the classical sciences and the social sciences. She has published in geology, water science, and education journals and has had the privilege of speaking at national and international conferences on both drinking water source protection and STEM education.

Among the many charrettes and forums in which Dr. Thornton participates as a curriculum consultant, she is also holds the following professional positions: Executive Committee, Florida Watershed Journal; Reviewer, Journal of American Water Resources Association; Science & Technology Committee, The Marshall Foundation; Steering Committee, Annual South Florida Sea Level Rise Symposium; and Steering Committee, The Water Consortium Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Dr. Thornton holds a B.A. in Biology, an M.S. in Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources.She looks forward to fostering the interests of students through discovery and original research thereby instilling the values of environmental stewardship and the excitement of learning that lasts a lifetime. Dr. Thornton presently resides in Florida. She loves to do anything outdoors, but specifically loves to play in the water with her partner Jed Wood and their little dog Pesca.

See Curriculum Vitae for more information

John Peckenham, M.S.
GET WET! Co-Founder & Vice President



Director, Maine Water Resources Research Institute

Assistant Director and Senior Research Scientist,
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental & Watershed Research

102 Norman Smith Hall University of Maine Orono, Maine 04469

Web: www.umaine.edu/waterresearch

Number: (207) 581-3254

Email: john.peckenham@getwetproject.org

About The Co-Founder

John Peckenham is currently the Director of the Maine Water Research Institute and the Associate Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. He also serves as a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maine. He co-founded the Groundwater Education Through Water Evaluation and Testing (GET WET!) program to conduct national rural groundwater quality research and education. The GET WET! Program works with school districts in Maine, New England, New York, and Florida.

As part of his work with the Mitchell Center, Peckenham was integral to securing funding and managing research activities as part of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI). SSI was an NSF EPSCoR funded five-year project designed to build research capacity, STEM education opportunities, and economic development in Maine. In addition to his work with the Mitchell Center and Maine Water Research Institute, Peckenham is a Managing Partner of Maine Water Security, LLC, a drinking water security company, and is a Certified Geologist in Maine.

Peckenham serves as the New England Regional Representative to the National Institutes for Water Research, on the Board of Advisors for the Penobscot River and Bay Institute, and as a Committee Member for the Maine Water Utilities Association, American Water Works Association, and Maine Waste Water Control Association. His research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Water Works Association, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Journal of Science Education and Technology, Environmental Geology, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, World Water, and the Maine Policy Review.


Mission Statement

To bring collaborative environmental research into the community through the classroom in order to understand local environmental changes and promote public health through safe drinking water.

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